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Ecstatic Machel: ‘Now that is cutarse’

Thursday, February 22 2007

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ROAD MARCH CHAMP: Machel Montano, seen jumping up in the band Sahara from Island People on Carnival Tuesday, mashed up the road with his hit 'Jumbie' ...
ROAD MARCH CHAMP: Machel Montano, seen jumping up in the band Sahara from Island People on Carnival Tuesday, mashed up the road with his hit 'Jumbie' ...

BASKING in the glory of successfully defending his Road March title with the runaway hit “Jumbie,” Machel Montano yesterday laughingly exclaimed, “Now that is cutarse, tell Boogsie I say so!”

Montano was at the time speaking with reporters at the Hilton Trinidad where he was seen signing autographs for excited fans.

A soca veteran with 25 years experience in the business, Montano started off as a skinny youngster whose mother’s milk stained his face when he sang “Too young to soca.” However, the soca babe grew into a superstar before the eyes of adoring fans both at home and abroad.

Yesterday’s Road March victory was complete, ruthless and precise with “Jumbie” being played 388 times on Carnival Monday and Tuesday with Machel closing the gate on his nearest competitor Shurwayne Winchester whose song “Open The Gate” was played a measly 34 times.

Patrice Roberts came in third with her spicy “Sugar Boy” being played 33 times while her collaboration with Montano on the song “Light up the Air” was good enough for fourth place after it was played 22 times. Crazy’s “Cold Sweat” was fifth and was played 17 times. “It was the vibes that I was feeling with this song. Every truck was playing it. The jumbie was all around,” an ecstatic Montano said.

Montano disclosed that all was not well with the song at the start of the Carnival season as he encountered problems getting the song out and getting it made. “But we worked hard on it and the song gave me goosebumps. Once it got into the parties and once people heard it, the song took off,” Montano said.

In an unprecedented move, the National Carnival Commission (NCC) called a press conference yesterday to give the results of major competitions for Carnival 2K7.

Michael “Protector” Legerton, president of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) announced that the race for the Road March was, unlike past years, “very easy” as Montano’s “Jumbie” was a clear-cut, runaway winner.

This was Montano’s third taste of Road March success after he won last year with a collaboration with Roberts on the song “Band of the Year.”

Before that, he swept all pretenders to the Road March throne with his hit “Big Truck.”

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